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Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe

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Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe

Philippe Halsman

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

13 15/16 in x 11 in (35.4 cm x 27.9 cm);13 15/16 in x 11 in (35.4 cm x 27.9 cm);13 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in (34.3 cm x 26.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions: Curators Choice Part I, November 12, 2011-March 18, 2012
Philippe Halsman
United States, born Latvia, 1906–1979
Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara Adelson, 2007/2.60

Subject matter
Halsman is known for his photographs of celebrities, artists, and other influential figures. This is a portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe from a series Halsman took in her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1967. In this image, O'Keeffe's gray hair is pulled back. She wears a dark suit jacket with white cuffs. She rests her elbows on the table and clasps her hands at chin-level. This photograph features very dramatic lighting, recalling Halsman's early images in Paris in the 1930s in which strong lighting was frequently employed. Here, the shadows cast on her face create a dramatic chiaroscuro.

Physical Description
This portrait of a woman shows her leaning on a table with her hands clasped at chin-level, the lighting creating a dramatic chiaroscuro across her face.

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artists (visual artists)
commercial portraiture
old age
single-sitter portraits

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